eBay and Paypal scam- BEWARE!!

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  1. JKenny profile image88
    JKennyposted 10 years ago

    For anyone who sells items on eBay- be careful of people contacting you asking to pay for an item outside of eBay. I was contacted by a woman interested in buying a watch I had listed for 70 pounds- she wanted to send it to a cousin in Nigeria. I naively agreed and gave her the email address I use for Paypal. I got a reply stating that before the money could be credited to my account, I needed to dispatch the item and supply a shipping reference number. My mom took it to the post office, but the postmaster wouldn't send it because he sensed a scam. Now, after a little detective work I've realised that I've dodged a 70 pound bullet.

    All I can say at this point is , and thank god that I have an honest and concerning postmaster. I am little annoyed though, that I didn't figure this out earlier; but you live and learn, and I didn't lose anything, apart from a little bit of pride, but that's ok.

    So, be careful everybody- only ever sell items through eBay directly.

    1. WriteAngled profile image78
      WriteAngledposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It's also against eBay terms to complete a sale off the site, because it means you don't pay their seller fees.

      1. JKenny profile image88
        JKennyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I know, I must have been smoking something when I agreed to it. It just goes to show what a dangerous place the internet can be, especially for people who aren't 100 per cent streetwise like me. Thanks WriteAngled.

  2. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 10 years ago

    Even if they require a shipping reference number, you can get that without shipping.

    First rule of ebay: get money before shipping item.

  3. saphemerald profile image60
    saphemeraldposted 10 years ago

    realy we all need to be careful, u were lucky. Pls play smart and follow ur instincts

  4. tlcs profile image65
    tlcsposted 8 years ago

    Excellen advise JKenny.


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